Selling Antique Jewellery.
For jewellery to be called antique. It normally needs to be 100 years or older. This timeline starts with the Edwardian period 1901 – 1910. All the way back to the Elizabethan period 1558 – 1603 and before. Antique jewellery is often divided into two broad groups, fine and costume jewellery. The former was made using precious metals, gold, silver or platinum. And contained diamonds or gemstones, such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires. These items of fine jewellery are worth a lot more than the metal. Or precious stones which they contain. Due to their elegant designs and rarity. The other group is antique costume jewellery. Which was first produced in the 1700s. This type of jewellery was often made from glass or paste instead of gems. And man-made resin instead of amber. Brass or other base metals were also used instead of silver or gold. Although costume jewellery is not as valuable as fine jewellery. It is still considered highly collectable.
Selling Antique Diamond Jewellery.We are currently looking to purchase antique diamond jewellery of 1ct or greater. For diamond jewellery which contains an individual diamond of 1ct or greater and is accompanied by a recognised lab report, we will pay a premium price.
How Diamonds Are Valued.
When selling antique diamond jewellery, one of the first steps is to have it graded. The main features of a diamond are included in the 4 Cs. Which are carat weight, colour, clarity and cut. If your diamonds are accompanied by a lab cert. The 4 Cs will have been established by a qualified gemologist. Diamond grading is more of an art than a science and in the end is basically the opinion of the skilled gemologist. For this reason, we will only accept lab certs from GIA, IGI, EGL-USA and AGS. These gemological laboratories are impartial and independent. If your diamonds are not accompanied by a lab cert. Our qualified gemologist will grade your diamonds. After which an actual offer will be made to you. We trade on the diamond markets regularly, so we are always in a position to offer you the very best price for your diamonds.